An Indulgent Autumn Makeup Look

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I was tinkering about with some gorgeous Tom Ford makeup over the weekend, experimenting with a few products that I want to include in upcoming videos. I loved the autumnal feel of the photograph above; warm, slightly tawny and beautifully glowing. The skin is less golden than the summery looks I’ve been wearing until now; there’s still a touch of bronze but it’s confined to the area under the cheekbones, as a contour, rather than being an all-over dusting. I used Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate contouring duo (Intensity One) to create the slightly contoured look – I’ll be doing a more in-depth review and “how to” soon – and the foundation is the Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Bisque. On my eyes, the cream shadow in Spice (coming out in November) and the Ultra Length Mascara in Ultra Raven. Nothing on the lips apart from a slick of Cicaplast Lips from La Roche-Posay to get rid of the dryness. Do you like this? I think that the glow from the skin is very impressive – it’s just natural daylight, as usual, from the window behind the camera.

I’ll be back soon with more detailed posts on some of the products shown here and others I haven’t had a chance to play with yet…there’s also an Autumn Makeup Look video in the pipeline, if you fancy it?  You can find the full Tom Ford range at or House of Fraser.

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Primer Vs. Primer.

Makeup primers, I love to hate them. An annoying extra step but one that is often necessary to keep your face in place all day. I’ve tried a few natural ingredient-based primers over the years now and have never been too impressed with the formulas, often too greasy for my oily skin, or they just simply didn’t do their job well enough to bother using.

With my skin being all over the place these days from oily to dry, I’ve been reaching for a primer more often to help my makeup look it’s best. I’ve been testing out two that I’ve had for a few months and have compiled a little showdown to see which is best. Let battle commence!

Inika Pure Primer with Hyaluronic Acid, £25


  • lightweight aloe based cream
  • sinks in quickly
  • super hydrating
  • not greasy
  • smells like orange sherbert


  • Contains coconut oil
  • not smoothing or perfecting
  • not mattifying
  • contains essential oils

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener, £36


  • smooth water/gel texture
  • sinks in quickly
  • smoothing and perfecting
  • longer lasting on oily skin
  • brightening & anti-aging benefits


  • very strong (zesty oranges) scent
  • contains dimethicones
  • expensive
  • contains essential oils

What do you think after reading that? which would you choose? I like them both and choose the Inika for more every day use and when my skin is a little dry. I reach for Jane Iredale when I’m making more of an effort, my skin is oily or just not looking it’s best and needing some serious help in the makeup department.
I mentioned their scents as a pro for one and a con for another, and even though they do actually smell very similar the Jane Iredale is just so much stronger – I know some people are really put off scented products so wanted to mention it. It doesn’t hang about for too long though, maybe 5-10 minutes.
I have to say, I think these are two of the best natural primers available, though to be honest there aren’t many to choose from… have you tried a natural primer that you love? let me know!

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Smells that Remind me of Summer

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Oh hello August, you sizzling-hot little git! Where did you spring from? I’m still answering emails with “hope you had a good New Year”! I’m not going on holiday until September (too much to do, too much to do) and so for now, I am making do with scents that remind me of my summer holidays. Orange-blossom, coconut, fruity and woody and musky notes… I was supposed to film these products as part of a video with Lily Pebbles, but when I got all of the bits and bobs out of my bag, they were nowhere to be seen. So here they are, in written form, my “smells that remind me of summer”…

1) Roger & Gallet’s Creme Sublime Or. The scent is almost secondary here, because this is such a beautiful body cream. It outperforms loads of far more expensive ones – it’s blend of Argan, Camellia, Macadamia, Evening Primrose Sesame Seed and Almond oils is really moisturising and feels rich and nourishing on the skin, and the effects are long-lasting for such a non-greasy formula. It’s supposed to be shimmery, but fear not shimmer-haters; I have never been able to detect a proper shimmer. It’s more of a gentle sheen – unless I’ve always had duds! The scent is absolutely incredible; orange-blossom, yes, but with coconut flower and ylang-ylang and cedarwood and musk… It’s just an absolute dream. Exotic but without any kind of in-your-face coconut or synthetic-smelling fruitiness. It’s just a finely-tuned, skin-softening beauty winner. You can find it at – it’s usually £15 but (at time of writing) is on sale, £12.

2) NUXE’s Prodigieux le Parfum: beach in a bottle. Fruity tangerine and mandarin and orange blossom with the sexy warmth of vanilla and coconut and a fair whack of floral thrown in too. This is the kind of perfume that makes you dress for sunshine whatever the weather – you can’t help being optimistic! It only launched this year, but I can see it taking on Bronze Goddess status at some point… It’s usually £44 but is £35.19 with free delivery here.

3) l’Occitane’s Néroli & Orchidée; so heavy with orange blossom it almost makes me drowsy. (Obviously orange blossom must be one of my “trigger” scents when it comes to thinking about summer!) It starts off bold, but actually quietens down into something quite delicate, after a while. There’s a kind of sharpness there, too, so it doesn’t feel sweet and cloying, it’s more…sitting under the tree rather than chomping on the leaves. If that makes any sense. Does it make sense? My perfume descriptions are getting more and more abstract! Néroli & Orchidée is £49 here.

4) Caudalie’s Parfum Divine; based on the scent of the bestselling Divine Oil, this is a warm and woody number that isn’t at all overpowering. There’s something about it that just smells very clean, even though the notes are the opposite of “fresh” or “zingy”. It’s not your classic summer scent, but it reminds me of warm sand – probably because I usually take a mini Divine Oil away on holiday with me and put it on the ends of my hair! You can buy Parfum Divine here – it’s £39.

5) Phyto Plage Huile Sublimante: fruity fruity sugary fruity! This is the smell of overly sweet fruit cocktails that have been left out in the lunchtime sun. But without the wasp risk. And you wouldn’t want to wear it in the lunchtime sun, because it’s an oil, and you’d burn. But after you’ve finished on the beach? Brilliant for massaging into skin and hair, if you want to get that sheeny, sexy, glowy-skinned look. It’s a new addition to my summer oil collection, but already it’s a favourite. It claims to help with damage and prolong a tan; can’t vouch for these yet but it is Phyto and they know what they’re about… £26.50 at here.

smells that remind me of summer

5) A special summery mention goes to the Monoi Body Cream from Elemis, which launches this month. (You can find it already at Elemis TimetoSpa.) If anything is going to get you in the mood for a holiday it’s this. Exotic frangipani – same scent as the Monoi Body Oil, but with no bottle-warming required. It’s £24 here.

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Dose of Colors Lipstick Review


Hello Makeup Geeks! Today I have a review for you of an up and coming cosmetics line that is doing some pretty amazing things. “Dose of Color” currently offers lipsticks, lip glosses and false lashes. I had the pleasure to meet the lovely owner, Anna at IMATS and she is incredibly passionate and motivated about her business. I know many of you may already be familiar with this line, but for those of you who aren’t I wanted to share a quick review of her lipsticks with you. 🙂

I have been wearing these lipsticks for the last couple of weeks and they are AMAZING!


These lipsticks come in a sleek, durable white tube which is a pleasant change from the typical black tubes seldom used by most makeup companies. My favorite part of this packaging design is being able to see the actual color at the bottom of the tube. This way, you can see the exact shade you’re looking for without the hassle of having to open the lipstick. These lipsticks retail for $16.00 and are currently available in 8 vibrant shades.

The Product

This lipsticks formula is exceptional; highly pigmented, creamy, and extremely smooth. In fact, these lipsticks are so pigmented that even after being wiped away, they leave a non- drying stain on the lips. This is ideal for a long day, when you don’t have time to worry about your lipstick smudging or having to re-apply. These lipsticks are all cruelty free, vegan friendly, gluten and paraben free. Continue reading